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Blue Man Group will continue their partnership with Autism Speaks for the second year, pledging to give a minimum $25,000 donation to the cause as well as hosting a sensory-friendly show suitable for children with autism in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City and Orlando. Chicago’s performance will take place on Sunday, October 2.
“We are overjoyed that Blue Man Group is continuing their partnership with Autism Speaks,” remarked Peter Morton, Autism Speaks vice president of corporate development. “This is an initiative that not only raises funds and awareness but also provides families with the unique opportunity to experience Blue Man Group in a setting that meets their needs. We are grateful for this commitment to the autism community.”
Blue Man Group will collect donations for Autism Speaks throughout April, Autism Awareness Month. All month, show-goers will have the opportunity to give at the Boston, Chicago and New York City locations. In addition, each U.S. production will offer a sensory-friendly show, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting autism awareness. Slight modifications will be made including reducing sound and light levels at various moments during the performance and making headphones available upon request. The Blue Men will limit the amount of direct audience interaction and keep their approach to the audience more subdued. Blue Man Group will also create calming environments in the theater’s lobby for families seeking a break from the excitement.
“Creating a version of our show that is more accessible for families affected by autism has been a very meaningful experience for us. We are thrilled to provide a safe and welcoming environment and are often quite moved by the emotional response to the show,” said Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group co-founder. The fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.